Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has been awarded for its innovation at the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association annual awards.
EPA received the Innovation or Research that Advances the Land and Groundwater Industry award for its groundwater studies at Fishermans Bend.
Fishermans Bend is Australia’s largest urban renewal project covering about 485 hectares in the heart of Melbourne.
This award recognises the new and leading approaches being taken in the development of this city-shaping precinct.
Recently, the Victorian Government released new plans for Fishermans Bend that are out for consultation, supported by a range of studies including the EPA groundwater studies.
Nominations for the award were required to provide:
- Demonstrated progress in uncovering new knowledge
in soil or water contamination
- Demonstrated applicability of research outcomes to
improve industry practice
- Demonstrated communication of new findings and
their value to industry
The Fishermans Bend groundwater studies provide a regional groundwater understanding of a kind not before achieved, as groundwater is usually studied at the individual property level, missing larger scale issues and trends. The open sharing of the findings with both community and industry will improve groundwater remediation and management in the area.